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Road, The (2009) Movie Information

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Viggo Mortensen
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Charlize Theron
Guy Pearce
Robert Duvall
Michael Kenneth Williams





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Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, a father and son must navigate a lonely, dangerous world following a nuclear holocaust.

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I found this movie kind of dull to be honest.

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Chris Kavan 09/02/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The look of this movie perfectly captures the novel: it's bleak, it's dangerous and the only promise it keeps is death. Yet though the movie is not a pick-me-up by any mean, it's well acted and captures the feeling of despair yet keeps that sliver of hope alive. If you liked the book, I think John Hillcoat does a good job of translating it to the screen.

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What an awesome movie

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06/28/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The Road (2009) review

Though it doesn't have much story or actual direction, it is one of the most authentic, bleak and hopeful films around. Kodi Smit-McPhee is a star waiting to happen and this journey is one hell of a ride. A father (Mortensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) are survivors of a post-apocalyptic era. The man's wife (Charlize Theron) makes a decision on her own. The two main characters meet an old man (Robert Duvall). They likewise encounter a thief (Michael Kenneth Williams). There are several queries that were unanswered such as the decision of the wife to leave, how everything happened, no names were mentioned (except for Ely) and the light explanation of their destination. Despite of the aforementioned, the direction, acting (from all artists), score and cinematography were just sp...

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01/29/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"The Road" by Yojimbo

In an Earth devastated by nuclear war, a father and son travel to the coast to find respite to the seemingly never-ending horrors they are witness to. For "post apocalyptic science fiction", The Road is a far more character driven, ponderous affair than you would expect. It is essentially a story of survival under the most adverse conditions, as a father tries to hold onto his humanity while trying to protect his son and himself from starvation and the degenerate cannibals the majority of the rest of the human race has become. As a result, the innocence of his son comes to act as his conscience, but all this really comes down to is this: Viggo & son are walking down a road, meet bad guys, Viggo threatens them with gun, son cries "No poppa, no! Don't kill him!" and they run away. Again, an...

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09/15/2011 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Touching Post-Apocalyptic Masterpiece

Although no one can probably touch Cormac McCarthy's prose, this film comes close by realizing with gritty terror McCarthy's bleak post-apocalyptic world. The film unfolds simply, as a base story of survival. There is no need for superfluous details, such as backstory (I almost wish they had cut the flashbacks, since they don't add that much to the story) and character names. Still, there are elements of true melancholy sadness. Mortensen's character is an excellent quasi-antihero - a man who is just trying to protect himself and his son, but, in so doing, makes some questionable choices that endanger others. The film has a lot to say, in its own quiet way, about the nature of humanity and what it means to be kind or charitable, even under the worst of circumstances. The final scene...

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